Crown Center honors financial advisors

Columnist Lois Caplan

By Lois Caplan

LES BOROWSKY, TED FLOM, JOE MARCHBEIN AND MIRIAM WILHELM, all four CPA’s, will be honored for their dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of the Gladys and Henry Crown Center for Senior Living on Sunday, June 26 at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University. Crown Center will recognize their generous, behind-the-scenes financial guidance and expertise. It hardly seems possible the Crown Center is celebrating 45 years as a pioneer in senior adult housing where today, about 250 senior residents enjoy the lifestyle there. Combined, these four honorees, all very special people, have devoted 75 years of service. Congratulations!

OUR OWN DAVID ROBERTSON, director of the Saint Louis Symphony, will make his debut on July 30 conducting “Wozzeck” at the prestigious Santa Fe Opera.  “Wozzeck” by Alban Berg is the quintessential modern opera – the one that changed everything and still has not lost its bite.  More than 85 years after its premiere, it still sounds dramatically modern. In addition to “Wozzeck,” Santa Fe Opera is presenting “Faust,” “La Boheme,” “Griselda,” and “The Last Savage.” If you have never been to the Santa Fe, N.M. opera, let me tell you that the setting in the open-air theater surrounded by mountains is spectacular.  Interested? Call 800-280-4654 or visit www.SantaFeOpera.org for more information.

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CAROL MOLDAFSKY, one of nine finalists for the title of Ms. Missouri Senior America, is not just a pretty face. A graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in social work, Moldafsky has been a medical assistant, mentor at an urban school, big-time volunteer at her children’s school, and a pre-school teacher at United Hebrew Congregation. You may know her face as she volunteers as a receptionist at Temple Shaare Emeth and has performed in Broadway Fantasies for several years. On Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Civic Center she will perform in the pageant to select the one who will compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City in early October.  Tickets at $15 per person for the Ms. Missouri Senior Pageant may be purchased by phone at 314-921-5678 or at the door on the day of the pageant for $17.

LAST WEEK I TOOK MY DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER to see “A Chorus Line,” Stages St. Louis’ opening show at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. Need I tell you that they loved it?  My daughter, Leslie, said to me, “Sure, ‘A Chorus Line’ has great music and great dancing, but what really gets under my skin is the story, the book. It speaks to my inner hopeful performer, to the artist afraid of rejection, to the sad child and to the successful adult.” This is a glorious production filled with superb actors, singers and dancers who deliver the message of frightening auditions and life’s fears perfectly. “Grandma,” said Claire, “It was a fabulous show, and I loved that in the end everyone was a star.” “A Chorus Line” runs through July 3. Call the box office, 314-821-2407 for tickets but let me warn you that several performances are sold out.

SOMETHING NEW AT CIRCUS FLORA – newly installed air conditioning so the formerly steamy tent is now gloriously comfortable. This year’s Circus Flora is thrilling. It’s a new show with new acts, too ,but those returning are delightful from the St. Louis Arches, Jessica Hentoff’s mind-boggling gymnasts, to The Flying Wallendas, high wire artists whose family have been circus performers since 1780. Circus Flora will be here until it takes down the big top after the last performance on June 26.  For tickets call 314-941-4040 or visit www.circusflora.org.

JERRI LIVINGSTON is one of the dearest women I have ever met.  She is not only nice, she is a community activist, a vocal breast cancer survivor actively involved in spreading the importance of breast health throughout the community. At the Hadassah Annual Meeting, Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. in the chapel at United Hebrew, Livingston will receive from Hadassah the prestigious National Leadership Award for her many achievements. She has created a support group for friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and sits on the board of the Komen Development Committee.  A member of the Hadassah board, Livingston also has been active at Shaare Emeth and CAJE where she serves on the Commission on Reform Jewish Education. Further, she volunteers as a tutor for Mentor St. Louis and as a religious school teacher at Shaare Emeth.  In Hadassah’s words, “The 25th Annual Hadassah Leadership award pays tribute to members whose leadership accomplishments within Hadassah and civic, educational and cultural organizations reflect the organization’s dedication to the principles of the volunteer ethic.” Congratulations Jerri. You are my idea of the poster girl for this award.